The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
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Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping, murders and tap dancing. Nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, the White family lives an existence more like something from the Wild West than modern-day suburbified America. The legendary family is as known for their wild, excessive criminal ways as they are for their famous mountain dancing members, including Jesco White, the star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw. The film follows the Whites over the course of one tumultuous year, as they deal with a stabbing, criminal sentencing, attempted murder, death and birth. Never dull, THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA are 'the Hatfields and McCoys all rolled into one' (New York Magazine).
DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Johnny Knoxville and Director Julien Nitzberg; The Woes of the Whites; Do the White Thing: The Making of THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA; The Original Jesco Tapes; Interview with Hank III; Interview with Director Julien Nitzberg; Deleted Scenes
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The Whites are an extended family from the back woods of West Virginia (but you're probably smart enough to have gotten that from the title!). The patriarch achieved some fame as a dancer and his legacy fell to his son Jesco (after two other sons were murdered and another moved away). Jesco became a local legend as The Dancing Outlaw and a dubious celebrity whose exploits have been chronicled in song by Hank Williams III and Big and Rich among others.Read more ›
Now 2 and sometimes 3 generations later, we see the family that was a product of this exploitation, and what a sad family it is. I have been a huge fan of the Dancing Outlaw since I saw it in college 12 years ago. I was very excited to watch this follow up documentary. When I watched it, I felt the full range of emotions: from sadness, to hatred, to anger, to outrage. When I watched the pain in Kirk's son when she had to go away to rehab, I thought of my own young son and began to cry. I looked over at my wife and she was crying too. I don't think I have ever seen so much pent up rage, anger, and pain in any family.
I saw Jesco and Mamie live when they toured in my area recently. The only thing sadder than the movie was the live glimpse I saw. Jesco's mind is gone. There is nothing there. He is for all intents and purposes out of this world. He will not remember anything that happened that night. I left not entertained, but heart broken. I am still trying to figure out if the White's are being taken advantage of or trying to make the best of their situation. No matter what you decide, this movie is one very emotional and powerful look at a family that most of America will never get to see for themselves.
Why would director Julian Nitzberg choose to document a year in the lives of such people? Defense Attorney Peter Hendricks seems to wonder the same thing: "There's a kid down here from a very humble upbringing - he was admitted to MIT. MIT. I mean, why isn't someone following him around with a camera?" He already knows the answer, and it seems to dishearten him: "The Whites have that kind of charisma. Not only can they draw you in - they keep you there." Indeed, most of us are innately attracted to that which is different. We may not always want to be a part of it, but we sure do love examining it from a distance. "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" does what all good documentaries do: It gives us that safety, that sense of being an observer without having to risk our well being.
This is an honest, unflinching, and all around amazing film. It's not merely a portrait of an untraditional American family; it's a glimpse into the lives of people with an altogether different mindset. The Whites value nothing.Read more ›
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I LOVE this documentary. Very good film...very entertaining, true life. I myself am a WV girl!! ♡♡♡♡♡ nothing, but love for your family.Published 11 hours ago by Tara White
If you fancy yourself to high class for "Keeping up with the Kardashians, but you're really not, you might enjoy this waste of time about a family of hillbillies you never... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Brian
Losers! Just a documentary of redneck uneducated criminal dope head losers! Sad very sad they kreep breading innocent children into their lifestylePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
A little less than okay. Rather sad really... couldn't even get through the whole mess of it.Published 3 days ago by Arnita Pdx
Excellent documentary on a group of people who, while they need not be remembered for anything other than being turds, will be now. Read morePublished 3 days ago by D. Davie
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